September is School Attendance Awareness Month

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September is Attendance Awareness Month and Alignment Nashville  asked me for a quote they could share on social media in response to this question:  “Involvement in social services or juvenile justice can sometimes create a divide between students and their education. How can service providers work WITH the school to help ensure that students are engaged [...]

Volunteers empower kids at Safe Haven to “be kids”

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“Every Tuesday I know that the Creativity Club empowers the kids at Safe Haven to be kids. Not homeless kids. Not kids who are failing class or have anger issues. Not kids who believe they have no future. JUST kids. That is invaluable.” – TJ Swanson, Safe Haven Housing & Program Associate Volunteers are essential [...]

Vanderbilt After School Program: Empower Hour

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The last night  of  the 2015 Vanderbilt After school Program (VAP)  Empower Hour was last week. The Vanderbilt students in the group provide one-on-one tutoring for Safe Haven students each week during the semester. We are so grateful to have such a diverse and talented team working with the children we serve. They become role [...]

Summer Camps Offer Enrichment Opps for Children

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Summer is in full swing and so are our children’s programs. Children at Safe Haven Family Shelter are involved in a number of camps and programs this summer. We are proud to offer so many one-of-a-kind opportunities for our children through the Safe Haven SEEDS (Summer Enrichment Experience for Deserving Students) program. By offering a [...]

Two Men and a Truck Donation Drive

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The work we do would not be possible without corporate and community partners. We appreciate the partnership we have with  Two Men and a Truck who help us move families into their own housing. We are excited to announce that Two Men and a Truck selected Safe Haven as a recipient for their “Movers for [...]

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

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Note: We posted this blog on 11/17/14. In today’s Tennessean (11/18/14), there is a story about the state of homeless children in Tennessee. Almost 2.5 million children experience homelessness in America each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the U.S. (Source: American Institutes on Research; The National Center on Family [...]

Strength, Hope & Partnerships from the NAEHCY Conference

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The trend of the day, or what I have picked up on at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Conference., is strength and hope. Hearing that there are 1.2 million identified homeless children in the U.S. is heartbreaking, but what those children need less of is pity and, after [...]

Dave Gleason- His Legacy

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On September 4, we lost a leader in childhood development programs and an advocate for children everywhere. We are saddened by the passing of Dave Gleason, president emeritus for Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, and for whom our Bright Spaces area at Safe Haven is named. We were honored, and continued to be honored, by [...]

Update from the Children’s Program

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Last week, we held the first Reading Club for the year, and the kids really enjoyed it! The Reading Club is an opportunity for all children at Safe Haven to come together and discover new ways of looking at text, using stories to create art (and other unique works) and have fun with reading. It [...]

New Staff, New Collaborations and Intensive Training

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Thanks to a new partnership with United Way (more details to follow), we are able to increase our case management staff and long term community-based services. We welcome case managers Susan Brantley and Ashley Moore, both enthusiastic and skilled social workers that will allow us to serve more families. In addition, we want to welcome [...]

First Day of School: Taking on a New Year Ready for Success!

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As the first days of the new school year comes to a close, we are thankful for all of our volunteers, donors and community partners for helping us pull off a seamless transition. The students at Safe Haven are ready to take on a new year, in schools all over Davidson county. Our K-12 children [...]

Back to School: Supplies Needed!

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It is back to school time! We are lucky to have the support of the Metropolitan Nashville Public School H.E.R.O. program which provides children at Safe Haven with a back pack and school uniforms. However, we still need school supplies for the students here at Safe Haven. As you know, having the required school supplies [...]

Team up for $100K in 100 Days- 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless

We are gearing up for the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless on November 8 at Edwin Warner Park. We are excited to celebrate 10 YEARS of this wonderful event that is so much more than a hike. With food, children’s activities and live music, it is the best family event of the fall! In [...]

Homes for Families – Blessed and VI-SPDATed!

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Safe Haven is excited to be part of Nashville’s new goal to house 50 families and 50 individuals through a new Coordinated Entry System (CES). This new campaign is part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign and will run from February 10 to May 28, 2014. During this time, Safe Haven has been making changes to [...]

Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships at Safe Haven

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At Safe Haven Family Shelter, we are not only expanding our capacity in terms of the number of families served, but we are also improving the services we provide. In addition to expanding the program team to provide more comprehensive support for the families and creating a children’s program, we are now offering Parent-Child Interaction [...]